IOM Flash Report: Migrant Situation in Aden (May 2019)


Over a month into the migrant detention situation in Yemen, irregular migrants continue to be detained in unsustainable conditions. At the peak of the detentions (27 April-03 May 2019), IOM estimates that approximately 5,000 people were detained across three sites. Currently, 2,457 migrants are detained in the 22nd of May Stadium site in Aden, and hundreds of migrants are periodically detained and released at Al Khaleeji stadium in Abyan.

The number of migrants arriving at the 22nd May Stadium increases daily. In collaboration with the authorities in Aden and Ethiopia, IOM has commenced the process of arranging Voluntary Humanitarian Returns (VHR) for migrants detained at 22nd of May Stadium. This process has been stalled by rescinded flight permissions.

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